LV Intermediate Parent Newsletter

January 25, 2019

Upcoming Events...

January 25 Early Dismissal at 11:35 with Academic UIL Meet at LVES beginning at 12:30

February 14 Valentine's Day Parties

February 18 Student Holiday - No Classes

February 19 Grade 4 Writing Benchmark and Grade 5 Math Benchmark

February 20 Fifth Grade Reading Benchmark

Reach for the Stars...Believe It to Achieve It!

Information for UIL Academic Meet Today

Parents of UIL Students,

Our District UIL Meet will be on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Lago Vista Elementary. Even though it is an early release day, all Lago Vista Elementary and Intermediate UIL contestants will need to stay at school and not go home at early dismissal. Intermediate students will be bused to the Elementary campus, and all UIL students will be held in the gym and cafeteria until it’s time for their event.

Students may bring cell phones, and are also encouraged to bring books, games, hand-held devices, etc. to keep them occupied while they are waiting for their event. There will be Wi-Fi access.

There will be a Snack Bar in the cafeteria for students and guests to purchase snack items to eat and drink.

If you plan to attend the meet, your child may go home with you when he/she has finished competition. If you will not be attending, please make the appropriate transportation arrangements. There will not be a sign-out sheet for Lago Vista students. Audiences are not allowed in any of the competition rooms. Please plan on picking your student up at the elementary school cafeteria after their final event.

UIL Meet Schedule

1:00 2nd Grade Storytelling Prelims

3rd Grade Storytelling Prelims

4th Grade Oral Reading Prelims

5th Grade Oral Reading Prelims

5th Grade Maps, Graphs & Charts

2:00-3:00 3rd & 4th Grade Music Memory

5th Grade Music Memory

5th Grade Dictionary

2:00-3:30 4th & 5th Grade Art

3:00 2nd Grade Storytelling Finals

3rd Grade Storytelling Finals

4th Grade Oral Reading Finals

5th Grade Oral Reading Finals

3:00-3:30 4th Grade Number Sense

5th Grade Number Sense

5th Grade Listening

3:30-4:30 3rd & 4th Grade Spelling

5th Grade Spelling

YEARBOOK ORDERS--Please order a yearbook to support our school

It's that time of year, again! Keep those precious 2018-19 memories alive for your child with our second annual Lago Vista Intermediate School Yearbook. They are only $20 and are available for purchase online:

School Code: 13169319

Paper order forms are available in the front office, and they have gone home in Wednesday Folders.

Yearbook sales is one of the very few fundraisers that we have at the Intermediate campus. Please help by purchasing a yearbook. We exceeded our goal of 95 books sold last year, and would love to see that happen again! Our goal this year is 100.

Counselor's Corner

Our monthly guidance lessons are focused on citizenship for the month of January. We are working in small groups to determine how dad to day happenings should be handled, in regards to good citizenship. School, community, and home scenarios are included in our lessons.

What is a good citizen?

A good citizen is someone who respects others and their property.

He/She is helpful and considerate, willing to put others first.

He/She listens to the views of others and thinks about what they have to say.

She/He helps people who are not in a position to help themselves.

She/He respects the environment and does not damage it in anyway.

He/She is well mannered and pleasant.

She/He is always willing to learn.

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Project Vinatta Coalition is Celebrating Kindness

Our Project VInatta coalition is working on a positive “Be Kind” project. Students are able to celebrate each other for kind acts that they see here at Lago Vista Intermediate School. The student fills out a form describing the kind act and turns it in the to office. Mrs. Coffey and Mrs. Gumbert will share the positive shout outs on a mural wall, located near the cafeteria. Watch for the mural in

the days to come! Kindness counts!

Attendance is Down this Week

Fourth Grade 95.80%

Fifth Grad 94.51%

Total Average 95.12%

Let's get healthy and reach our goal of 98%.


The vast majority of our students with excessive absences fail to pass their classes. Students need to be at school everyday.

Our schoolwide attendance goal for this year is 98%. Our state funding is based on the percentage of students at school at 10:00 am every day. Higher attendance rate = more money for resources for your student.

For students who miss school, here is some very important attendance information:

  • 3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period - warning letter sent home, phone conference with at-risk coordinator and attendance improvement plan.
  • 5 or more unexcused absences in a 6-week period - warning letter sent home, phone conference with administrator, attendance behavior plan reviewed.
  • 7 or more unexcused absences in an 8-week period - warning letter sent home and Behavior Intervention Plan meeting called with the parents, student, and assistant principal.
  • 10 or more unexcused absences in a 6 month period - truancy charges are filed. Parent, student and school administrator will be summoned to appear in truancy court.

Arrival and Dismissal for Bus Students

Please do not try to pass buses when they are loading and unloading students in our front bus circle. If you need to come to the office during bus drop off or pick up, please use the parking spaces nearest 1431 so you are able to leave quickly and safely.

Reminder about our Re-Do Policy

Please remember that your student brings home graded work in the Wednesday folder each week. Please review that work and encourage your child to correct and return any work that received a grade below 79. Your child is also schedule a time with his/er teacher to correct tests.

From the Student Handbook

Re-do/Re-test Policy (Grades 4-5)

We encourage students to use feedback provided by grades by reflecting on their mistakes

and using it to improve their understanding of concepts being assessed. Please understand

that the re-do/re-test option is not a free pass for students not to study or to turn in carelessly

completed work. In order for a student to have this opportunity, they must do something to

show the teacher that they are committed to improving their performance. This might include

additional time with the teacher, extra practice assignments, or making corrections on

previously completed work. A student may earn up to a 79% on a re-test or re-do of an

assignment. Students may not redo daily grades for which they received a zero.

Daily Grades

1. Students who receive a 79% or lower on a daily assignment will have one opportunity to

re-do an equivalent assignment, as determined by the teacher, for a maximum grade of

79%. Students may not re-do assignments for which they received a zero due to not

completing or turning it in.

2. Students must initiate the process to re-do an assignment. Emailed requests from

parents to re-do an assignment will not be accepted. Handwritten parent notes presented

to the teacher by the student will be accepted in Grades 2-5. The ultimate goal is to

create learners who are able to be effective self-advocates.

3. Students must complete the “re-do” assignment in the calendar week after the

failing grade was earned. (For example, whether a student earns a failing grade on

Tuesday or Friday, they must complete the re-test by the end of the following week. This

is the case, even in the event of “short” weeks containing fewer than 5 days.)

4. Assignments may be given as a home assignment or redone at school. The teacher will

determine which option is most appropriate for each assignment.

5. A student may earn up to a 79% on their re-do of the assignment.

6. A student may not earn a grade lower than the original grade.